Monday, March 7, 2016

Stumbo renews push for local-option sales tax

(AP) — Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo has renewed his push to amend Kentucky's Constitution to give local voters the option of temporarily raising sales taxes to pay for big-ticket construction projects.

The proposed constitutional amendment was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on Monday.

The measure has bipartisan support in the House, where Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, a Republican, is a key co-sponsor. A similar proposal passed the House last year but died in the Senate.

It would allow local governments to impose up to an extra 1 percent sales tax to raise money for projects.

First, local voters would have to approve the tax. It could only be used for specific projects and the tax would expire once the project is complete.